Associate in Human Resources Generalist Certificate Program: 2-Day In-Person Seminar

By: Elga Lejarza, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President Lejarza HR Consulting
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Course Description:

Join us In-Person in Greenville, SC or Online via Live Stream / Webinar for our Instructor-Led 2-Day Associate in Human Resources Generalist Certificate Program. This course not only provides you with the training and knowledge you need to become an effective HR Generalist but also prepares you for the aPHR Exam! We meet from 10am to 5pm EDT Monday June 24th, 2019 and June 25th, 2019. If you are registering to participate Online Via Live Stream / Webinar then the training materials will be shipped to you and you will receive an email with the information you need to login to the Live Webinar once you register. For everyone else joining us Live you will receive your training materials when you arrive at the training.

If you are new to the Human Resources field, if you are changing careers and entering into the exciting world of HR or if you are currently in an HR role, your answer to the following questions should be ‘Yes’.

Do you know what you are expected to do to maintain compliance with all the employment laws such as FMLA, ADA, PDA, USERRA, ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA, FLSA, EPA, ADEA, IRCA, NLRA, DFWA, GINA how to deal with cases of sexual harassment, discrimination, FMLA requests, ADA and Religious accommodation requests? Are you familiar with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act, with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, do you know who Peggy Young is? Do you know how long you retain I-9 forms for inactive employees, how long you retain personnel records after employees leave the company, what steps to take during an employee’s termination process to avoid a wrongful discharge lawsuit, how to properly handle suicidal comments in the workplace, how to address hygiene issues with employees or how to manage an inclusive workplace with employees with physical and cognitive disabilities? What about how to maintain an engaged team, how to reduce turnover to retain talent, how to conduct thorough investigations? I think I am not even half way with the list that HR Professionals are expected to do. But if you answer “no” to any of these questions, don’t you worry. You have found the right Certificate Program that will provide with all the tools necessary to be the best HR Professional one can be! After completing this certificate program, you will gain the knowledge and skills and activities that are necessary to help your organization reduce costs, increase profitability, avoid potential lawsuits, increase employee engagement, maintain compliance with all employment laws and improve your ability to handle employee relations issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Strengthening the Alignment between HR and the Organizational Goals
  • Learn what HR’s role is today
  • Understanding and Complying with Employment Laws
  • Understand the FMLA Process from A-Z
  • Learn about The Americans with Disability Act compliance, the interactive process and reasonable accommodation
  • Learn how to manage an inclusive workplace with individuals with different physical and cognitive disabilities
  • Learn the legal way to confront an employee you suspect is abusing drugs, alcohol or other substances
  • Learn about Religious reasonable accommodations
  • Learn about compliance with the recruiting process
  • Understand compliance obligations under IRCA
  • Learn how to complete I9 forms properly
  • Understand the differences between exempt and non-exempt classifications.
  • Learn about Break Time for Nursing Mothers.
  • Learn how to avoid being personally liable for unlawful work practice
  • Learn how to avoid age discrimination charges or claims when managing older workers
  • Understand what exactly wage discrimination means
  • Learn about the Lilly Ledbetter Law
  • Learn about Pregnancy Discrimination, Hiring, Reasonable Accommodation and working conditions
  • Understand compliance obligations under the NLRA
  • Learn about Social Media Employment Policies and NLRA’s opinion
  • Learn about Employer’s obligations with Employee Relations complaints/investigations
  • Learn Interviewing skills and techniques
  • Understanding what are considered discriminatory questions
  • Learn to avoid your own interviewing biases
  • Understanding and ensuring COBRA compliance

Areas Covered:

  • The HR Profession today
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Equal Pay Act (EPA)
  • Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
  • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
  • Peggy Young vs UPS
  • National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Consolidated Omnibus Benefits Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
  • Drug-Free Workplace Act (DFWA)
  • Recruiting, Interviewing and Hiring
  • Employee Relations/ Handling Special Issues and Situations
  • Investigations/Confidentiality
  • Employee Turnover
  • Employee Engagement
  • Records Retention
  • Your Next Steps in HR

Who will Benefit:

  • HR Manager
  • Employee Relations Persons
  • HR Generalist
  • Consultants
  • HR Specialist
  • Small Business Owners
  • HR Assistants
  • Recent College Graduates seeking a career in Human Resources
  • Managers
  • Armed Service Men and Women making the transition to civilian life seeking a transition into Human Resources
  • Supervisors
  • Professionals Seeking a Career Transition into the Human Resources Field
  • Executives

Course Outline

Day One (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • Module 1:
    • HR as a Strategic Business Partner
    • HR’s contributions to Business Outcomes
    • The role of HR with change
    • HR support with the Strategic Planning Process
    • Scanning the Internal and External Environments
    • HR’s role with ethical issues affecting the organization
  • Module 2:
    • Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Religious Accommodation
  • Module 3:
    • Labor and Employment Laws
    • Equal Pay Act of 1963
    • Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
    • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
    • Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA)
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch
  • Module 4:
    • Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) 1978
    • Undue hardship
    • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
    • Rehabilitation Act 1973
    • Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  • Module 5:
    • Americans with Disability Act (ADA) 1990
    • American with Disabilities Act Amendment Act (ADAA)
    • Definition of disability
    • Definition of qualified individual
    • Undue hardship defense
    • Major life activities
    • The interactive process
    • Reasonable accommodations
Day Two (10:00 AM – 6:00 PM)
  • Module 6:
    • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 1993
    • Qualifying events
    • Eligibility requirements
    • Immediate family members under FMLA
    • Serious health condition under FMLA
    • Employer timely responsibility under FMLA
  • Module 7:
    • Talent Planning and Acquisition
    • The needs analysis process
    • Job analysis and documentation
    • Internal versus external recruiting sources
    • Types of flexible staff
    • Selection process
    • Types of interviews
    • Interviewing skills and techniques
    • Interview biases
    • Testing and background investigations
    • Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
  • 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM: Lunch
  • Module 8:
    • Total Rewards
    • Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)
    • Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
  • Module 9:
    • Employee and Labor Relations
    • Labor Union Related Acts like National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Taft Hartley Act (LMRA)
    • Filing and review of a petition
    • Difference between certification, decertification and deauthorization
    • Different types of Unions
    • Unfair labor practices
    • Collective bargaining
    • At-Will doctrine
    • Negligence
    • Organizational exit
    • Benefits of employee engagement

Meet Your Instructor

Elga Lejarza
Elga Lejarza
SPHR, SHRM-SCP, President Lejarza HR Consulting

Elga Lejarza is founder and president of Lejarza HR Consulting LLC. She has 20+ years' experience in the field of Human Resources Management and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR, SHRM-SCP. Lejarza HR Consulting provides Recruitment, Training and Consulting services to small to medium sized businesses in all the states and in Puerto Rico. All services provided by Lejarza HR Consulting are also provided in both languages, English and Spanish and can be customized to fit each individual organization. Ms. Lejarza also works a Human Resources Generalist for Walgreens Distribution Center in Williamston South Carolina. She is a business partner/faculty member of, and Ms. Lejarza is a member of the National Society for Human Resources Management, the Greenville Society of Human Resources Management, the Anderson Society of Human Resources Management and the Greenville American Payroll Association.

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Local Attractions of Greenville, SC:

Falls Park on the Reedy
Falls Park on the Reedy is a 32-acre park adjacent to downtown Greenville, South Carolina in the historic West End district. Considered the birthplace of Greenville, the park was founded in 1967 when the Carolina Foothills Garden Club reclaimed 26 acres of land that had been previously used by textile mills. Renovation accelerated in the late 1990s under Mayor Knox H. White, prompting the formation of the Falls Park Endowment, a private charity supporting ongoing development. Each summer the park is home to the Upstate Shakespeare Festival. The park's most striking feature is a unique pedestrian bridge that curves around a waterfall on the Reedy River. Named the Liberty Bridge at Falls Park on the Reedy, the 355-foot long suspension bridge is supported by cables on only one side, giving an unobstructed view of the falls.

Greenville County Museum of Art
The art collections in Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA) focus mainly on American art. Its holdings include works by Andrew Wyeth, Josef Albers, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Ronnie Landfield, Helen Turner, Mary Tannahill, Eric Fischl, Marylyn Dintenfass, and Leon Golub. Southern American and South Carolina-based artists, such as Henrietta Johnston, are also represented. William Melton Halsey, an abstract painter from Charleston, had a mid-career retrospective at the museum in 1972 with an accompanying catalog by Jack A. Morris Jr. In 1999 Tom Styron, director, curated another solo exhibition of Halsey's work.

Greenville Zoo
The Greenville Zoo opened in 1960, and is located at 150 Cleveland Park Drive, near Interstate 385, on a 14-acre (5.7 ha) site within Cleveland Park. The zoo's official website states: "A typical visit would last from an hour to an hour and 30 minutes." The zoo is next to Cleveland Park, which contains picnic tables throughout the site, and offers bicycle and walking paths, tennis and volleyball courts, playgrounds for children, and several shelters available by reservation. The zoo is open daily throughout the year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Lake Conestee Nature Park
Roper Mountain Science Center is located in Greenville, South Carolina. It encompasses a campus containing facilities for studying life and natural sciences, and space and physical sciences. Among its facilities are the Living History Farm, the Darell W. Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, the Simms Hall of Science, the T.C. Hooper Planetarium, and the Daniel Observatory.

Roper Mountain Science Center
Lake Conestee Nature Park is a 400-acre park along three miles of the Reedy River in Conestee, South Carolina, with more than two miles of paved and three miles of natural surface trails. The park contains both hardwood and evergreen forest, extensive wetlands, and a rich diversity of reptiles, mammals, and birds. Over 190 bird species have been reported by the Greenville County Bird Club, and the National Audubon Society has designated the park as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance. Lake Conestee was created when the Reedy River was dammed at the Conestee Mill in about 1892. At its largest, the lake covered about 130 acres.